May 30, 2019

Sydney Metro Northwest opens to the public

We are very excited that the Sydney Metro Northwest, Stage 1 of Australia’s biggest public transport project, opened to the public on Sunday 26 May

We are very excited that the Sydney Metro Northwest, Stage 1 of Australia’s biggest public transport project, opened to the public on Sunday 26 May. Delivering over 36km of new metro rail for Sydney’s growing north-west, the AUD 8.3 billion project will reduce travel time and increase reliability using a new generation of fully-automated trains. It also comprises eight new stations from Epping to Tallawong, five upgraded stations and 4,000 commuter car parking spaces.

SMEC and its partners have worked for the past five years on the detailed design of the project, including the stations, skytrain and cable-stayed bridge, train stabling maintenance facilities, and the track and overhead power lines. In addition to the project being delivered on time and under budget, the innovative design increased its efficiency and sustainability both in construction and in future maintenance operations. The surface and viaduct civil works portion of the project, which included Australia’s first curved, cable-stayed bridge, was recognised by Engineering News Record (ENR) as Global Best Rail Project and Project of the Year in 2018.

James Phillis, SMEC CEO ANZ, said “The Sydney Metro Northwest is not only the first metro train system in Australia, it is also Australia’s first driverless, fully automated passenger service. Seventy years on from our founding in the iconic Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme, SMEC is proud to continue our legacy in another iconic, innovative and ground-breaking infrastructure project that is making a difference to Australians.”

Related links

Media release

Sydney Metro Northwest: Surface Works, Viaducts & Civils

Sydney Metro Northwest: Operations, Trains & Systems

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